Football pundits have pinned down Chelsea as favourites to win the Barclays Premier League title, but Manchester United are riding on their current form and head to Stamford Bridge on the back of big wins over top-four rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, Hotspur.
Chelsea go into today’s match with a seven-point lead at the top of the table but it’s visitors, Manchester United that are in the third spot with 65 points behind Arsenal who placed second with 66 points.
United manager Louis van Gaal, said ahead of today’s cracker that the Reds are determined to beat the table topper and overtake Arsenal to the second position; “We are looking up and we have to win every week, but anything is possible.”
United have scored 15 goals and conceded just four times while recording six straight league wins.
Louis van Gaal appears to have hit upon a formula for success with their left flank playing a huge part in that thanks to the performances of Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young.
Van Gaal’s men notably drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Old Trafford earlier this season and will hope to improve on that result at Stamford Bridge, but that would not be an easy encounter as the Reds have only won once at Stamford Bridge in 10 previous top-flight fixtures.
Chelsea are also unbeaten in 11 Premier League games.
Manchester United have injury worry following Michael Carrick injury during Sunday’s Manchester derby win. Robin van Persie and Luke Shaw have both returned to training, however, and could feature in some capacity.
Chelsea will be without leading scorer Diego Costa due to hamstring and his deputy Loic Remy is also doubtful with a calf problem.
In action for the Blues are Ramires, Cese Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Kurt Zouma in the midfield while Eden Hazard, Oscar, Drogba among other will marshal the attack
United are expected to parade the like of Marouana Fellaini, Rooney, Robben, and Smalling in the battle for three points at the Stamford Bridge.

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